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Baltimore man appeals ruling in sexual abuse lawsuit

February 4, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore man whose former coach was convicted of sexually abusing him is appealing a judge’s decision throwing out a lawsuit in the case.

Bryant Newmuis, a former track coach and science teacher at a vocational school in Baltimore, was convicted in 2008 of sexually abusing his 15-year-old student. The 52-year-old was sentenced to five years of probation in the case.

The student, now 23 years old, sued Newmuis and the Florida-based Amateur Athletic Union of the United States.

On Jan. 21, federal Judge Marvin Garbus threw out the lawsuit against the Amateur Athletic Union, ruling that the organization had no relationship with Newmuis. The student appealed that ruling Friday in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia.

The lawsuit seeks $7.5 million.

The student’s attorneys had argued that the abuse happened as he prepared for an Amateur Athletic Union-sanctioned activity and wouldn’t have been possible if Newmuis didn’t belong to the group.

The sports organization argued in court filings that the student couldn’t prove that Newmuis was an agent of the Amateur Athletic Union, and that therefore, the group was not liable in the case.

The Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/1ArZXBv ) that Newmuis was a coach with the Freddie Hendricks Track Club, which is affiliated with the Amateur Athletic Union.

In his ruling, Garbus said that even if there had been a relationship between Newmuis and the Amateur Athletic Union, he would have dismissed the lawsuit because the sexual abuse had no connection to the sports organization.

The student had also sued the Freddie Hendricks Track Club, only later adding the Amateur Athletic Union. A state court judge dismissed all claims against the track club in November 2013, at which point the Amateur Athletic Union moved the case to federal court.

A Baltimore City Circuit Court jury ordered Newmuis to pay the student $1.8 million in 2011 as part of a lawsuit naming the former coach.


Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore, http://www.mddailyrecord.com

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